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tonight, the supreme court's historic decision. justice joefrs turn the restrictive laws. the most crucial ruling in nearly 25 years, impacting half the country. flood emergency. nearly two dozen dead. the search for victims swept away by rushing waters. thousands of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, with more rain on the way. market aftershocks. wall street takes a new dive. millions of 401(k)s losing money. more fallout from the uk's stunning vote to leave the european union. trump slum. a new poll shows hillary clinton with a double-digit lead over donald trump. clinton and elizabeth warren joining forces. will she also join the ticket? and, plane on fire. the passenger jet that burst into flames. more than 200 people trapped
onboard, as their plane burned. good evening. we begin tonight with the most sweeping decision on abortion in a generation. today, the supreme court struck down a texas law that imposed strict requirements on clinks and doctors. finding those placed an undue burden on the constitutional right to abortion. on the step office the supreme court, you see it there. activists squared off. jubilation from the pro-choice side. but despair from anti-abortion forces. because this ruling could effect so much of the country. at least two dozen states have passed laws similar to those struck down today. abc's mary bruce is in washington with the drama ig decision and its resounding consequences. >> reporter: at the supreme court today, chants of victory from abortion rights advocates. >> abortion care won't go away! we fought for it, it's here to stay! >> reporter: the crowd cheering
as interns raced out, carrying the most consequential abortion decision in a quarter of a century. many of these people have been here since before dawn, making sure they were here to witness this historic decision. the court striking down a texas law that required abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. and that clinics meet surgical center standards. requirements that have already forced more than half of texas abortion clinics to close and threatened half of those still open. in a 5-3 decision, justice kennedy, the swing vote, joined the court's four liberals to rule that the restrictions went too far, and placed "an undue burd burden." >> we are the pro-life generation! >> reporter: disappointed, the law's supporters say women's health will now be at risk. >> this means every time women walk into an abortion facility in our nation, she's going to have to wonder, will i be coming out alive? >> reporter: the implications
stretch far beyond texas. about two dozen states have similar laws. >> many states have restrictions like texas's and i think that those are quite likely unconstitutional after today's ruling. >> reporter: and the decision could call into question many other restrictions, such as a required waiting period, counseling and ultrasounds before abortions. >> and mary joins us from the supreme court right now. mary, you know, the future of the supreme court, right at the heart of the presidential campaign. you've got that vacancy left by the death of justice scalia and perhaps more to come. >> reporter: yes. clinton tweeting today, "this fight isn't over. the next president has to protect women's rights." and donald trump has been noticeably absent from commenting on today's ruling. george? >> yeah, uncharacteristic silence. mary, thank you. we're going to move on now to west virginia. an anxious day there, after more rain and fears of new flooding. the historic rain put so much pressure on the summersville dam that a controlled release was
set in motion. abc's eva pilgrim is there tonight. >> reporter: tonight, more heavy rain putting already devastated communities in west virginia on edge. the fear that scenes like these could return. >> that will put it out. >> reporter: this as residents still try to come to grips with the scope of the devastation. thousands of homes now uninhabitable. >> these are peoples lives back here that just have been ruined within a day. >> reporter: dozens of roads impassable. >> in some areas, roads completely washed out, bridges washed out. >> reporter: others lined with debris. these national guard troops, from rhode island, helping clean up. volunteers helping restore these church pews amid the destruction. so many tales of heroism, like michael mitchum. he commandeered a boat -- >> we went house to house to house to house and come back here and went down this way here, grabbing people out of here. all of this right here was underwater. every bit of it. >> reporter: tonight, some good
news. two missing campers believed to have washed away, found alive. this house was pushed off its foundation. it landed right in the middle of the road. they have bulldozed that part of the house, so traffic can once again get by, but people here keeping their eye on the sky, hopeful that this rain doesn't mean more flooding. george? >> yeah, because there's so much destruction already. okay, eva, thank you very much. and in california tonight, firefighters gaining the upper hand against that deadly wildfire near santa barbara. families now being allowed to return, but hundreds of their homes are gone. and cadaver dogs are searching the ruins for those who might not have escaped. abc's kayna whitworth is in kern county again tonight. >> reporter: george, good evening. we're learns tonight, at least 250 structures have been destroyed in the erskine fire. you can see one there right behind me. now, because progress is being made on the fire lines, slowly, some people are allowed back in their homes. but for the residents in this area, it's still too dangerous. we did speak with one person who saw this devastation for the
first time. so many of your neighbors lost their homes. how did that make you feel? >> sad. >> reporter: yeah? >> especially when there was lives lost. >> reporter: yeah. >> and they were. i know two. a couple of old people down on mccray, they didn't get out of their house. >> reporter: the sheer amount of loss is hard for people to come to terms with. and to make things worse, there's no power and no water. george? >> tough times in california. okay, kayna, thank you very much. and now to that political and economic earthquake in the uk. their vote to break with the european union. the aftershocks are rippling here again today. wall street opening the week with new losses for americans and their 401(k)s. the dow plunged another 260 points, down 1.5%. abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis reports. >> reporter: tonight, the biggest two-day selloff since
last summer hammered wall street. stocks have tumbled nearly 5.5%. the dow down 871 points. the typical retirement account erasing almost $5,000 in value, with the british pound cratering to a 31-year low against the dollar. what's the concern here at this point? >> this is a major, major level of uncertainty, worldwide, economically. >> reporter: in the uk, tensions running high. listen to this voter taking on politicians. >> after decades of ignoring the working class, how does it feel to be punched in the nose? >> reporter: that stinging feeling has nearly 4 million signing a petition for a re-vote. prime minister david cameron responding, the brexit will stand. >> the decision must be accepted and the process of implementing the decision in the best possible way must now begin. >> reporter: but questions over exactly what that path will be has investors everywhere on edge.
>> investors don't feel confident right now on how the landscape is going to be, how it's going to look moving forward. >> and rebecca, this uncertainty just isn't going to end. late in the day, the ratings agencies downloading britain's economy. that's going to have ripple effects, too. >> reporter: absolutely, george. it means it is more expensive now for britain to borrow, more difficult for them to do so and the domino effect here, the longer this uncertainty lasts, the more impact it has on u.s. econo companies, jobs and markets. george? >> rebecca, thank you. the race for the white house now. hillary clinton in ohio today, hand in hand with senator elizabeth warren. the party's progressive champion, fuming an upbeat mood. our new poll showing clinton with a 12-point lead. a big swing from last month's dead heat. but that question of trust still dogs clinton, and she addressed it directly today. abc's cecilia vega is on the trail in cincinnati. >> reporter: it sure looked like a vp audition. t the. >> i'm here today because i'm
with her. yes, her. >> reporter: elizabeth warren and hillary clinton came out swinging in their first campaign stop together. >> when donald trump says he'll make america great, he means make it even greater for rich guys just like donald trump. >> i do just love to see how she gets under donald trump's thin skin. >> reporter: abc news has learned the massachusetts senator is among the names being formally vetted as a possible clinton running mate. many here excited by the prospect. you would vote for a clinton/warren ticket? absolutely. >> reporter: but today, clinton herself not going there. how are you feeling about elizabeth warren for a vp pick? >> it was a great event. >> reporter: are you liking her for vp, though? how about a vp possibility? >> i'm not making any news today. >> reporter: no news today? the big news, that new poll showing 64% of voters say trump is unqualified to be president, and an overwhelming majority
think he's biased against muslims, women and minorities. trump today calling warren a sellout, and, again, mocking her for claiming she's of native american decent. >> did you hear pocahontas? >> reporter: tweeting, "she lied on heritage." his supporter, former massachusetts senator scott brown, going even further. >> she can take a dna test. >> reporter: and clinton, in a rare moment of campaign trail self-reflection, acknowledging that many voters just don't trust her. >> now, i don't like hearing that. and i've thought a lot about what's behind it. i've made mistakes. i don't know anyone who hasn't. so, i understand people having questions. >> and cecilia joins us now. now, cecilia, you know, clinton and warren, they look like a pretty happy couple, but what are you hearing from voters you talked to outside the rally about two women on the ticket? >> reporter: well, george, i can tell you, the crowd inside the rally was one of the most
enthusiastic i have seen while covering the clinton campaign. but some voters here in ohio today told me they do not think this country is ready to see two women on the ticket. but clearly the clinton campaign sees warren as a huge asset, especially when it comes to attacking donald trump. and he is ready to attack right back. >> cecilia, thank you. hillary clinton and benghazi back in the headlines today. house democrats have released their own report on the terror attack that claimed the life of the u.s. ambassador, when clinton was secretary of state. their report clears her of blame. the special committee investigating the attack has broken along republican lines. and this investigation has now lasted two years and cost more than $7 million. overseas, tensions racheted up between the united states and russia tonight, in a throw-back to the cold war. american dip low malts say russian agents have been harassing them, prompting a direct complain to vladimir putin. martha raddatz is here with all the details.
good evening. >> reporter: good evening, george. we have seen russians harassing u.s. forces at sea more and more often, those jaw-dropping fly-bys of our ships. but the amount of russian harassment and surveillance of our diplomats is now like the bad old days of the soviet union. u.s. diplomats complaining of walking into their apartments and realizing all the furniture has been moved around. a provocation by russian agents, saying we're watching you. russian agents also accused of hacking personal e-mails, there have been incidents of tires being slashed, even diplomats' family members being followed. tensions over syria and rue yuk have made matters worse. and secretary of state kerry has complained directly so putin to knock it after. it hasn't worked. >> okay, martha, thank you very much. and we're going to move on now to terrifying moments on a crowded passenger plane. there, you see huge flames engulfing one of the wings.
it happened as the singapore airlines flight made an emergency landing. and abc's david kerley has the rar roeing scene on the tarmac. >> reporter: these flames burst out seconds after an emergency landing of this jet. the boeing 777's engine and wing glowing with fire. >> any pilot that looks at these videos would be stunned. this is a very dangerous situation. it's a fuel-fed fire. >> reporter: passengers told to stay in their seats. one posting, "it was a hea heartwrench five minutes. we were so close to death." the jet, headed from singapore to milan with 241 onboard turned around two hours into the flight, when pilots say they got a warning light. the emergency landing was applauded, cheers that were quickly replaced by fears. >> many people actually clapped, and so did i, but right after that, we realized the right engine of the plane caught fire. it was a very big fire. >> reporter: it took just
minutes to put out the fire with foam, but look at the signs of its intensity. the melted metal. the singapore say it k0u8d take months to cause. the pilots said they did not have enough fuel to get to milan, suggesting a leak. george? >> okay, david kerley, thank you very much. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. while rides turning dangerous. new safety concerns at the say musement park. a coaster jumps off the rails. nearly a dozen hurt. and another ride stuck on the tracks. the passengers left hanging. consumer alert tonight. a new headline about recalled furniture blamed for several deaths. the company announcing a major decision. and the little girl with a big smile. the life-changing gift that makes her unique, as she says, everybody being the same would be boring. it's america strong. r 30 years and by taking chantix, i was able to quit in 3 months and that was amazing. along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven
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and in phoenix, several passengers left hanging, when their ride suddenly stopped in its tracks. here's abc's alex marquardt. >> reporter: dramatic new pictures tonight of the high-wire rescue on that phoenix rollercoaster. park staff carefully balancing along the tracks to the cars that were stuck 35 feet above the ground. firefighters climbing a ladder to the three stranded passengers, brought back down unharmed. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: far luckier than fellow amusement park-goers this weekend in scotland. nine people on the tsunami roller coaster plummeting and landing upside down after the ride flew off the rails. >> i turned around and all i could see is one of the carriages hustling towards the ground, on top of one of the other rides. >> reporter: tonight, eight are still in the hospital, including two children in serious condition. >> a lot of screaming, shouting, crying, tears from grown men and women. >> reporter: and this isn't the first time this ride has had trouble. five years ago, passengers were stuck on it for eight hours.
but overall, park rides are incredibly safe. the chance of being injured in the u.s. at a fixed amusement park is 1 in 16 million. the day before the accident here, the ride had actually been closed because of an electrical issue, but the park owners insist this roller coaster is inspected every day. neither the park nor the police have given a reason for this derailment, and tonight, the park remains closed. george? >> investigation will continue. alex, thank you. when we come back, the furniture recall blamed for several deaths. dressers that can tip over. a major company makes a big change tonight. and that all-out tribute to prince. the performance that shattered the house.
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finally tonight, america strong. a special gift for a 9-year-old girl, inspired by her favorite movie, made her smile first, then it changed her life. abc's david wright has her story. >> reporter: like so many 9-year-old girls, karissa mitchell is a big fan of the disney movie "frozen." ♪ let it go >> reporter: she now has a "frozen" souvenir like no other. an ice blue prosthetic arm. fashioned by students at siena college in upstate new york, using 3-d printing. karissa was born without a right arm. so, the lab created one for her, complete with a hand that can squeeze. >> awesome! >> reporter: all the more awesome because karissa got the prosthetic free of charge. >> just the smile on her face,
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